Guidebook

5 of the Finest Okanagan Bike Adventures

A selection of beautiful bike rides dotted around the best Kelowna riding zones.

Charlie Boscoe

Description

Whether you're a local or a newcomer to the Okanagan, there's not much to dislike - a deep blue lake, rolling hills and the best climate in Canada add up to a pretty appealing package. Kelowna is increasingly becoming known as a mountain biking mecca too, and for good reasons - including the 5 in this guidebook.

There are several well known biking areas above Kelowna, with Smith Creek, Rose Valley, Crawford and Knox Mountain being the most popular. This guidebook contains at least 1 route in each of those areas so if you ride all of these lines you'll have begun to get a feel for the local zones.

The longest ride here is the (frankly epic) journey along Rose Valley's McDougall Rim. If you like a challenging uphill, wilderness and miles of glorious singletrack then you'll love it. The rides we've described at Crawford - Lost Lake and Crawford Canyon & Myra Bailout - are similar in that they involve tough climbs, but they're a little less "out there" than McDougall Rim and are better options for getting into the longer Okanagan rides. The 2 most straightforward routes in here are a fabulous trip over Knox Mountain and a trip down Smith Creek's best known line, called "Feel the Love".

Huge views, virtually guaranteed sunshine and perfect singletrack - head to the Okanagan for a week of epic riding!

McDougall Rim
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP's Editorial team.

McDougall Rim

20.1 km
844 m
844 m
Rose Valley's classic long ride is well worth the hype!
Difficult
Private
Lost Lake and Crawford Canyon
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP's Editorial team.

Lost Lake and Crawford Canyon

18.9 km
793 m
793 m
Crawford's longest ascent leads to one of its fastest descents!
Difficult
Private
Myra Bailout
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP's Editorial team.

Myra Bailout

25.3 km
845 m
845 m
One of the longest and best loops at Crawford - this trip is all about the journey and the views.
Moderate
Private
Feel the Love
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP's Editorial team.

Feel the Love

10.4 km
427 m
427 m
Smith Creek's best known trail is pure Type 1 fun! The views aren't bad either....
Difficult
Private
Balsamroot, Simpson and Shale
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP's Editorial team.

Balsamroot, Simpson and Shale

8.4 km
323 m
323 m
A great way to link 3 Knox Mountain trails in less than an hour.
Difficult
Private